Vernon and North Okanagan
Province ponies up $3M for new bridge
Aug 27, 2013 / 1:16 pm
As a result of massive flooding throughout the Shuswap – in particular Sicamous last year – the provincial government has committed $3-million for a new bridge on Highway 97A over Hummingbird Creek.
The province hopes that the design and construction of a new bridge will improve safety and better protect the highway when creek waters are at their peak.
Preliminary design work is already underway and construction is expected to begin sometime next year. Additional work will include environmental modifications such as the removal of some of the gravel bed load from the creak near the outlet to Mara Lake and the strengthening of 120 metres of creek bank adjacent to the Hummingbird Beach Resort. That work will begin this fall.
"I'm so pleased to see this much-needed improvement project go forward after much consultation with the Swansea Point community,” says Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo.
“The bridge will be greatly welcomed by local residents, and as it is being built, other measures are being put into place to ensure it continues to be a reliable route for the movement of people and goods."
Over $560,000 worth of stream repair work was completed earlier this year, which included bed load removal to improve flow capacity and the repair and strengthening of the bank to reduce erosion.
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